Navy’s contribution to blood stocks recognised

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Location(s): King's Park, Perth

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Representing Navy at the Annual Red Cross Awards were (L-R) LSSCO Scott Harding, CPOML-S Toni Ralph, LCDR David Sutherland, POMTSM Ryan Wilson and POML-SSM Fiona Judge. (photo: Unknown)
Representing Navy at the Annual Red Cross Awards were (L-R) LSSCO Scott Harding, CPOML-S Toni Ralph, LCDR David Sutherland, POMTSM Ryan Wilson and POML-SSM Fiona Judge.

A senior sailor from HMAS Stirling was recently recognised for her efforts in helping make Navy one of the major blood donators on the west coast.

Navy Community Engagement Coordinator Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Steward Toni Ralph said she was honoured to receive the Red Cross’ Red 25 Coordinator of the Year award.

“I accept this award on behalf of all Navy personnel in Western Australia who rolled up their sleeves to help their community,” she said.

“It’s great to be part of such an important life-saving contribution and that we were able to achieve more than 1000 donations, saving more than 3000 lives.”

CPOML-S Toni Ralph was named Red Cross Red 25 Coordinator of the Year at a Red Cross event at Kings Park, Western Australia.

CPOML-S Toni Ralph was named Red Cross Red 25 Coordinator of the Year at a Red Cross event at Kings Park, Western Australia.

Red Cross Marketing and Community Relations Manager Yvonne Stickland said Navy joined a number of other organisations that increased their blood and plasma donations over the past 12 months.

“WA businesses gave an extra 2600 blood donations in 2017,” she said.

“Significantly, more than 2000 of these were plasma donations, a blood component we're seeing an increasing patient demand for.”

Almost 29,000 donations were made by employees and volunteers from 970 WA organisations and community groups, the equivalent of around 13,000 litres of blood.

Chief Petty Officer Ralph said she hoped Navy’s contribution to blood stocks continued to increase over the coming 12 months.

“Our next challenge is to become number one in the State for large organisations that donate blood,” she said.